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Now a tower of power; Denenberg tabbed MVP
Jason York, Register Staff June 18, 2002
Denenberg, a junior and No. 1 singles player for Trumbull High, has sprouted nearly 7 inches in the past 18 months adding power to his serve and cruel intentions to fluid groundstrokes.
"It's helped my serve a lot and helped me be more aggressive," Denenberg said with a self-effacing tone.

Denenberg's growth is validated by an undefeated regular season in 2002, a berth in the singles final of the Class LL state tournament and a State Open singles title. So now, introduce yourself to Scott Denenberg, the Register's Area Boys' Tennis Most Valuable Player.

Until a couple of years ago, Denenberg was simply a counter-puncher. He was content to trade groundstrokes and keep the ball in play to mask his lack of power. It didn't seem to affect Denenberg as a freshman as he went 14-2 in the regular season and reached the quarterfinals of the Class LL tournament.

That summer is when Mother Nature took over and Denenberg began to fill out his increasingly long, lean frame. Denenberg also made a conscious effort to become more attack-minded on the court.

Between the start of his growth spurt and the beginning of his sophomore season, Denenberg quickly became a force with which to be reckoned. He reached the final of the Class LL tournament, where he fell to top-rated Todd Paul of Fairfield Prep, the State Open and New England Championship.

Denenberg's progress continued through this season as he went undefeated during the regular season for Trumbull, which is no small feat playing in the Fairfield County Conference, and reached the final Class LL tournament for the second consecutive year. Paul defeated Denenberg again, but it was a different kind of loss. Denenberg proved to be extremely pesky, forcing Paul to work hard for the straight-set victory.

Denenberg's serve kept Paul in check and his forehand proved to be lethal, which spelled doom for those in the State Open draw.

Denenberg cruised into the final, where he met Ridgefield senior Ben Alexander. Denenberg established his dominance early over the diminutive Alexander, who relies on speed and hustle, using his booming serve and laser-precise forehand.

"If there's a short ball, he runs around his forehand and really goes for it," said Cheshire's No.1 singles player Josh Ditman, an opponent of Denenberg during both the scholastic season and summer circuit.

"He's got a lot more power on all his groundstrokes."

Denenberg, who wants to play tennis at a Division I college when he graduates next year, will continue to work this summer on his game playing in United States Tennis Associations junior events throughout the summer. A chance to meet Paul this summer, who gave Denenberg his only loss this season but has not played in the past two State Opens due to scheduling conflicts, looms large.

That's exactly what Denenberg wants, too.

"I want my shot at revenge," Denenberg said with a devilish smile.

At the rate he's growing, err, going, it looks to be the next logical step.

Jawesson York can be reached at mailto:jyork@nhregister.comor 789-5656 .

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